By Hope S. Philbrick
My most recent visit to Hotel Albuquerque was not my first visit. And it will surely not to be my last.
Hotel Albuquerque serves as an ideal home base when visiting New Mexico’s largest city because it offers all the necessary comforts plus an authentic immersion in local culture that would be impossible at some national chain hotel. Plus, its primo location offers unparalleled convenience.
Located a short stroll from Historic Old Town, Albuquerque’s most historic neighborhood, you can park your car at the hotel and walk around exploring Old Town Plaza, which houses galleries, museums, restaurants, and serves as a frequent site of festivals. In addition, five different museums within walking distance of Old Town Plaza showcase art, history, science and culture. You could conceivably stay at Hotel Albuquerque and get a true taste of New Mexico without getting back into a car for days.
In fact, you don’t even have to leave the property: Garduño’s Restaurant & Cantina, which has multiple locations including one inside the hotel, is known for its fajitas, enchiladas, tableside guacamole, colorful range of New Mexican salsas and sauces, and fresh made-to-order margaritas. Live musical entertainment plays each evening and the bar stocks one of the state’s largest tequila collections.
Hotel Albuquerque is a landmark that blends New Mexico’s Native, Pueblo, Spanish Territorial, Mexican and Anglo Western cultural influences. “The story here is a convergence of cultures,” says Maresa Thompson, senior marketing & creative director (a.k.a., corporate cowgirl) for Heritage Hotels & Resorts. The story is conveyed through the hotel’s architecture, design and décor, art, music and people.
Hotel Albuquerque holds uncommon clout and status within the local community, which gives the place a vibrant, modern day ambiance. At any given time, several of the folks you see milling about the property aren’t just other guests or staff members: They may be locals who stopped by for a meal, meeting, special event, or to grab a drink at a bar or meal at the restaurant.
Stay at Hotel Albuquerque and you’ll feel right at home.
- Located an easy walk from the Historic Old Town Plaza and the museum district
- Complimentary walking tours of Historic Old Town (Saturdays @ 10 a.m., seasonally)
- Free high-speed Wi-Fi
- Free parking
- Non-smoking property
- Mattresses are firm and bouncy
- On-site dining at Garduño’s Restaurant & Cantina; room service available 6 a.m. to 11 p.m.
- QBar Ultra Lounge is a swanky, second on-site bar option for grownups
- Casa Esencia Nightclub, located a short stroll across the parking lot from Hotel Albuquerque, is Albuquerque’s nightlife hotspot
- Outdoor swimming pool (available seasonally) with poolside food and beverage service
- In-room coffee maker with basic supplies
- In-room mini refrigerator
- Blackout draperies
- Bathtubs are standard in guestroom bathrooms
- ADA accessible rooms available
- Business center
- Fitness center
- Wedding chapel
- 62,000 square feet of event space
- Rates from $115/night
- Local Treasures discount brochure provided at check-in
- In-room massage treatments available
- Most special packages are aimed at adults. For example, the sultry romance kit includes a blush-inducing treat that may spark some 50 Shades of playful fun. Another celebrates the fact that New Mexico is the oldest wine producing region in the U.S.A.
- Odds of Encountering Children: Possible, but significantly lower than national chain hotels. For the best odds, visit during the work week when most guests are business travelers.
Heritage Hotels & Resorts sponsors cultural programs and events, participates in community involvement and support various local organizations. Hotel Albuquerque has a community partnership with the National Institute of Flamenco.
@21plusTravel Trivia: Garduño’s once was used as a location for Breaking Bad.
Hotel Albuquerque at Old Town
800 Rio Grande Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87104
- Read more about Heritage Hotels & Resorts
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- Read our review of Nativo Lodge
- Read our review of Palacio de Marquesa Taos
Old Town Plaza
“The city’s cultural heart” is surrounded by boutiques, galleries, restaurants and museums.
With more than 300 days of sunshine annually and very low humidity, Albuquerque is a haven for outdoor adventures such as hiking, biking or horseback riding through the foothills or along mountain ridges.
– Photos © HSP Media LLC
Featured products, services and/or travel arrangements may have been complimentary in part or in full; this affords the research opportunity but does not sway opinion. Thanks to Heritage Hotels & Resorts for hosting our visit.